OSHA Updates Its Whistleblower Investigation Instructions and Standards

The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a new edition of its Whistleblower Investigations Manual, one of a series of measures to improve OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Program that were announced in August. The new edition of the manual contains updates to case handling procedures, information on the new laws enacted […]

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Tyson to Pay $32 Million to Settle Donning-Doffing Lawsuit

When Perdue Farms in 2002 settled with the Department of Labor (DOL) on back-paying its workers for the time spent donning and doffing required personal protective equipment (PPE), Tyson didn't read the tea leaves and refused to pay its workers for donning-doffing time. The piper came calling this week as Tyson was forced into a […]

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DOL Ups the Ante on Independent Contractor Misclassification Violations

The Department of Labor (DOL) is launching a program whereby states and the federal government will share information on the misclassification of employees as independent contractors, and the DOL in turn will rat to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The goal is to increase penalties for misclassifying employees and thereby restrict or eliminate the practice. […]

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Proposed Regulations Issued on PPACA Disclosure Requirements

The Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Labor (DOL) have joined the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in proposing regulations to fulfill the requirement of 2010's health care reform for insurers to issue full statements of benefits to all affected. These summaries of benefits were mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act […]

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DOL Looking to Update Child Labor Regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is proposing revisions to child labor regulations that it hopes will strengthen the safety requirements for young workers employed in agriculture and related fields. The agricultural hazardous occupations orders under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that bar young workers from certain tasks have not been updated since they […]

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DOL to Revamp, Strengthen Whistleblower Protection Program

After critical audits by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in 2009 and 2010, the Department of Labor (DOL) is implementing several measures to enhance its Whistleblower Protection Program. The federal whistleblower provisions consist of 21 statutes protecting employees who report violations of various workplace safety, airline, commercial motor carrier, consumer product, environmental, financial reform, food […]

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EBSA Extends Compliance Dates for Retirement Plan Fee Disclosure Rules

The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has extended compliance dates for two rules relating to retirement plan fee disclosures. First, the EBSA final rule extends the applicability date of the fiduciary-level fee disclosure rule of July 16, 2010, to April 1, 2012. This rule enhances the information that service providers must provide plan fiduciaries. Second, […]

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DOL Reports Busy Agenda for the Remainder of 2011

In its semi-annual report to Congress on its upcoming agenda, the Department of Labor (DOL) revealed that the Occupational Safety (OSHA) and Health Administration and the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) will be finishing up some far-reaching rule-making decisions. OSHA is busy revising its Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2), a program that will affect […]

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OSHA Switch from SIC to NAICS Adds, Subtracts from Reporting List

In filing a notice in the Federal Register to switch from using the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is thus freeing many businesses from injury and illness reporting while adding even more businesses to the required list. OSHA uses Days […]

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DOL Conducting East Coast Farm Sweep for Labor Violations

Beginning in Homestead, Fla., in March, the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has been conducting an agricultural labor law compliance sweep up the East Coast of America, already recovering $670,770 in back wages and assessing $128,850 in fines. The sweep so far has netted 20 farms, packing houses and other agricultural operations. […]

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